Returning home: Former FGCU standout Richard Bleier traded from Baltimore Orioles to Miami Marlins

Former FGCU standout Richard Bleier just got a little bit closer to his old school — and hometown, for that matter.

The left-handed relief pitcher was traded from the Baltimore Orioles to the Miami Marlins Saturday morning for a player to be named later. 

The Davie native has logged a 2.99 career ERA over 177 1/3 innings with the Yankees and Orioles since he made his major league debut in 2016.

Bleier won’t have to travel far in his new colors, though. The Marlins are slated to resume play in Baltimore against the Orioles from Tuesday, Aug. 4, through Thursday, Aug. 6.

“Definitely surprised,” Bleier told The Baltimore Sun. “Extremely thankful for Baltimore, the organization and everything they’ve done for the last few years for me. They gave me an extended opportunity in the big leagues and really gave me another opportunity coming off a down year to kind of get back to the status I was at before. It’s been a really enjoyable ride here in Baltimore, and I’m very, very thankful for that.”

For the Marlins, this is a move needed to fill a roster that has been crushed by the coronavirus. Dating back to Monday, there have been a total of 18 players and coaches that have tested positive for the illness. Miami hasn’t played a game since last Sunday, when they took two of three games from the Phillies to open the season. The Marlins one of six teams that has had to halt play due to the pandemic thus far.

This year, Bleier is on a prorated salary of $915K, and still has two more seasons of arbitration eligibility left.

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